ROW80 Check-in #75 Personal Research

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The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

Some weeks will test you in a way that you realize you’ve never really been tested before. They make you think about what’s really important in life.

Life, it’s a journey of a million different challenges. Some are bullshit we put on ourselves and others are journeys that can deliver us right into the hands of all we’ve ever wanted.

I won’t take you through the hell a family goes through when cancer is being diagnosed, but do not resuscitate conversations are the worst. By Friday, I was a pile of blubbering goo, but then the final diagnosis arrived. The doctor’s got excited and now I know why. Within a few hours of getting the first dose of chemotherapy, my father-in-law was already feeling better. Yesterday, he actually sat up in bed and by the afternoon he sat in a chair and took a short walk. They know exactly how to fight this cancer and it’s working.

It’s fricking amazing.


Got to love results.

I’m starting to see the errors in my ways in this writing journey. Some lead me to the path of no productivity and others lead me to sweet success. It’s time to start listening to my own research.

Here’s to finding and following the proven path to productivity.

Now, for some visual inspiration …

SYTYCD may have had its season finale, but I wanted to share one of my all time favorites. It’s a haunting piece I first saw back in 2010. It’s set to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. Sonya Tayeh’s choreography is brilliant, as is Alex and Allison’s dancing.

The Goals – week-11 results

    • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters – done.
    • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting – done! I didn’t make it to my craft book this week, but I spent some productive time on the WIP. I really hope I can finish it up this week and send it out for critiques. Fingers crossed.
    • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep, and my calorie limit – not done. I wallowed in a black hole this week. It’s time to dig my way out.
    • Weekly Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure) – not done.
    • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities – done. Co-treasurer pulled her weight this week and handled almost everything. 😀
    • Organize something in the house each week & clean something in the house every day – 1/2 done. I didn’t get to organizing, but I did clean something every day.
    • Spend time in the garden – not done.

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What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight: Knowing Destiny by Tamsin Baker

Spotlight: Burn by Jenny Lyn


4 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #75 Personal Research

  1. So glad to see the chemo is helping your FIL already! Good job on your part for making progress on your goals while that’s going on, too! That’s really tough to do when a family member is going through health issues. Prayers and good thoughts for FIL’s continued recovery, and keep up the good work on your goals!

    • Thank you, Jennette. Today, he’s feeling a bit nauseous, but he’s still doing a lot better. I had a hard time concentrating this week unless I was immersed in my WIP. So, I’ll definitely be spending more time there in the days ahead. Here’s to a productive and healthy week. Cheers. 🙂

  2. My heart goes out to you and your family. Cancer is a monster. I pray that your FIL improves greatly.

    Hang in there with writing! I haven’t been able to edit this week, but I have high hopes for my health and productivity next week.

    • Thank you, Julie. I appreciate it. 🙂

      I got to a bit of editing this week, received a crit back on my first chapter too. It’s starting to get shiny. Yes, good health and lots of edits for both of us next week. Cheers to that.

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